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scandal. mr. obama holds the last news conference of his first term and takes a shot at the media for the anger in washington and on the topic of doping, lance comes clean on oprah, will it help his cause or her floundering career? >> here we are in austin, texas. >> jon: on the panel, writer and fox news contributor, judy miller, and jim pinkerton and cal thomas and kirsten powers, i'm jon scott, fox news watch is on right now. >> this will be difficult. there will be pundits and politicians and special interest public lobbyists, publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty, not because that's true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves and behind the scenes they'll do everything they can to block any common sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever. >> jon: president obama on wednesday flanked by his vice-president and four children with their parents, pushing his agenda on gun control, taking a swipe at his opponents and the media in lock step with his efforts. >> surely finding osama bin laden, surely passin
' night out of the first term. mrs. obama and her daughters sasha and malia attended the children's concert. an event put together at the request of the first lady for kids with parents in the military. >> when i think about who we are. when i think about what makes america great, i think about all of you, our men and women in uniform, our military spouses and our amazing military kids. >> working with military families, fighting childhood obesity and mentoring at-risk kids in washington, d.c., were the signature causes of mrs. obama's first term in the white house. cnn has learned she has been working on a second-term agenda since december and she may pick up a new cause. valerie jarrett, a top adviser to the president, a long-time friend to the first couple. >> she will take on issues that she cares passionately about. she wants to make sure her heart is in it and she can give it the energy she deserves. >> reporter: but the first lady's top priority is her family. >> at the end of the day, my most important title is still mom in chief. my daughters are still the heart of my hea
with mitt romney, mr. obama wilson to win in fear of losing. is in overdrive. he is cramming for debates against an opponent he has called ineffective, raising money and a frantic pace to narrow the gap with mr. romney and embracing the do anything it takes of an increasingly contentious campaign. even by the standards of political world, mr. obama's obsession with virtuosity, and proving himself the best, are remarkable. those close to him say, in parentheses, critics call it arrogance. when mr. obama was derided as an insufferable overachiever in an early political race, his friends were infuriated. but even those loyal to mr. obama say that his quest for excellence can lead him to cockiness, and they tends to overestimate his capability, end of quote. so what should one predict about a second term for barack obama, particularly with these qualities of character? he most recently exhibited a combination of moving to the center while preaching was somehow detected as class welfare, targeting the wealthy for more taxes. speaker of the house boehner states that the president backed away f
moment. mr. obama turned toward theam crowd on the mall. "i wan "i want to take a look one more time" he said.ga "i'll never see this again." at lunch in statuary hall members of congress and the president exchanged hosts, then the president toasted his wife. >> there is controversy aboutno the quality of the president, not the qu controversy about the quality of our current first lady. (applause) >> pelley: before leaving theth capitol, the president stoppedsident sto at a bus that martin luther king, jr., whose birth the nation celebrates today. the presidential limousine led the procession from capitol hillm capito stopping along pennsylvania avenue so the obamas could get out and walk part of the way-- to the delight of the crowd. the first lady was wearing a coat and dress by american designer tom brown. the vice president got out of his limo and well and made the day of a young constituent.back a back at the white house, therst fami president and the first family reviewed the inaugural parade with bands, float, and marchers representing every state in the union. and this evening, t
of president obama on this martin luther king day. now mr. obama sworn into office, as you know, for the second time and speaking to the nation with about his future. >> it is now our generation's path to carry on what those pioneers begin. for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. >> close to a million people lined the streets of washington, d.c., today hoping to get a glimpse of the first family and it was quite a sight. you see his daughters there in the background and now the celebration continues, as we mentioned. live pictures of the commander in chief's ball in washington, d.c. the president and first lady just now leaving the building, going to their second ball of the night. let's bring in now nbc bay area's scott budman with the social and tech angle to all of this. as we saw play out on national tv, scott. >> we did, raj. lots of people brought up it technology back during the 2009 inauguration. today it was even more prevalent. you could follow the inauguration on twitter and facebook like you might follow th
there's a lot less pressure all the way around. but i do have a piece of advice for mrs. obama. not that she's asked me for any of it. but one of the other sort of opportunities a first lady has is she can use what we call the unofficial sphere or the social sphere of parties and events to build community. and that capacity for the first lady goes back to our first first lady in many ways, dolly madson. and it's kind of felting we're talking about the first lady on the inauguration weekend since the very sort of first inaugural ball we think about was held in dolly madison's honor. what dolly madison showed in washington, you can use those parties and social events to build political community. so, again, no one has asked me, but i would give mrs. obama the advice, give a lot more parties and invite everybody. >> and kathryn, you were looking at pictures there, she certainly is a fashionista. nancy reagan was a fashionista and you're talking about dolly madison. how do you compare michelle obama to her most recent predecessors, laura bush, and secretary of state hillary clinton
: tonight was all about michelle. mrs. obama wowed in a ruby chiffon gown by jason wu the same designer she wore four years ago at the last inauguration. ♪ at last my love has come along ♪ >> reporter: back then she stepped out on stage in a white dress by the then little known designer. his career skyrocketed. >> any time mrs. obama wears one of your designs a fashion designer ascends. it doesn't happen with any first lady but it happens with mrs. obama. >> reporter: from behind it was all about that sexy low back. but from the front, check out those bangs. >> i believe the bangs are a metaphor and it sends a very striking sound and symbol and i think she looks wonderful. >> reporter: call it michelle 2.0. her first four years made her a style i con. >> it has changed the game for women in america. you can dress on a budget. >> reporter: of course tonight's dress was hardly a bargain. but the ball goers approved on the splurge. >> what do you think of the cress? >> amazing. >> beautiful. >> stunning. >> reporter: they didn't look bad themselves. this is after all washington's biggest n
for the first family today. president and mrs. obama attended services with their daughters at the metropolitan african methodist episcopal church. they celebrated slain civil rights leader, reverend martin luther king jr. at one of the most historic churches in washington. and tomorrow is of course, the main event. some 800,000 people expected to pack the west front of the capitol to watch president obama publicly take his oath of office. the president has already started his second term, he took the oath earlier today in an intimate swearing-in ceremony in the blue room of the white house. i want you to take a look. >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> that i will execute the office of president to the united states faithfully. >> that i will execute -- >> faithfully the office of president of the united states faithfully. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the uni
honoring martin luther king's legacy. president and mrs. obama spruced up and elementary school in northeast d.c. the inaugural committee hosted a service summit on the national mall. people signed up to volunteer to help hundreds of organizations. we invite you to stay with abc 7 news for complete coverage of the inauguration. we have your inauguration guide on wjla.com which includes a full list of road closures. prince george's county, one person hospitalized after a fire at a duplex. flames broke out late sunday on 24th place. the victims suffered cardiac -- a fourth person suffered cardiac arrest. that person's condition is not known. several pets were rescued. no word on what caused the fire. 4:40 is the time. still to come, celebration time for ravens fans. let the celebrations continue. fans packed the streets. hear what the the ravens head coach had to say about taking on his brother, 49ers head coach jim harbaugh. also, fun facts about past inaugurations. we will be right back. >> good morning, washington. i am meteorologist jacqui jeras. 4:43 is the time. an arctic bl
back. mr. obama and the first lady spent the morning visiting burrville elementary school in dc, helping out by filling book shelves and talking to volunteers at the school. this year, as it has been since 2009 when president obama first took office, the administration is trying to expand the concept of volunteerism. fox 5's john hanrahan was at the national mall and is now in the newsroom with the story. >> reporter: i've been wondering what the enormous white tent is at the corner of 14th street and the mall. i'm told it is a staging area. today, it was indoor part of the inauguration. thousands of people were invited inside the tent to consider making a commitment to volunteerism. ♪ >> reporter: yolanda adams made her pitch with a song. ♪ i'm going to do my part, yeah! ♪ >> reporter: chelsea clinton personally visited a booth to help the youngsters there write letters to sick children. and actress eva longoria appealed to a crowd of thousands to help improve the nation by volunteering. >> make a difference in one child's life. mentor a student. donate a book to a librar
mr. obama's second inauguration comes four years after he became the first black president and just over 16 years since he was first sworn into office as an illinois state legislator. inauguration day began with a prayer service at st. john's episcopal church across the street from the white house. later, it was on to the capitol building for the swearing-in. a planning official said the turnout on the mall was more than 800,000 people fewer than the record crowd that watched the first inauguration in 2009. first supreme court justice sonia sotomayor swore in joe biden. then chief justice roberts administered the oath to president obama. >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> the constitution of the united states -- >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. [ cheers ] >> reporter: president obama's left hand was on two bibles, one belonging to abraham lincoln, the other to martin luther king jr. following his inaugural address and a signing ceremo
competitive perfectionist, friends say so in interviews. mr. obama's own words say it best. he is a perpetually aspiring overachiever. as he faces off that romney, obama's will to win and fear of losing is in overdrive. he is cramming for debates against an opponent, raising money and a frantic pace to narrow the gap with mr. romney and embracing to do anything it takes type take a minute recently contentious campaign. even bystanders of the political world, mr. obama's obsession with virtuosity, and proving himself a remarkable. this quote saying parenthesis, critics call it eric at. when mr. obama was derided as insufferable overachiever in an early political race, his friends weren't. it. even those loyal to mr. obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and he tends to overestimate his capabilities, end of quote. so what should one predict about a second term for barack obama, particularly with these qualities of character? he most recently exhibited a combination of moving to the center while preaching with somehow detect good his class author, target
since fdr, mr. obama started his day early, with a prayer service at st. john's church. before departing the white house for the longest motorcades known to man for the rise to the capital. a star-studded affair. where else do you see paul ryan mingling with jay-z and beyonce who belted out the national anthem. >> the ceremony was over there was a stream of pomp and circumstance waiting. >> from signing papers to officially nominate the new cabinet to lunch with congressional leaders. then, of course, the parade. the first family could make the way back to the white house in that grand bulletproof review stand. yet all of that could wait because leaving the west front of the capitol, the president went off script to take in the vista of the national mall. mr. obama seemed to be taking in the moment. overheard saying he would never quite see this view again. as the president is set to sell the agenda in the "state of the union" next month, it is worth noting that gallop is out -- gallup is out with approval rating for the third term and the third worst number since world war ii. only bett
are awaiting president and mrs. obama and the further dancing. they have danced so far and the president made remarks at the commander in chief ball. the other official inaugural ball today is due for a visit from the president and the first lady. we're also expecting further remarks tonight from vice president biden at the commander in chief's ball. that is all due to happen roughly this hour. so you should stick with us. also, dan rather coming up. we'll be right back. red lobster's 30 shrimp. wow, that's a lot of shrimp. [ male announcer ] it's red lobster's 30 shrimp! for $11.99 pair any two shrimp selections on one plate! like mango jalapeÑo shrimp and parmesan crunch shrimp. just $11.99. offer ends soon! i'm ryon stewart, and i sea food differently. ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. make it worth watching. introducing the 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit. >>> that is our generation's task, to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every american. being true to our founding docume
. president and mrs. obama dancing first together and then with a member of the air force and a member of the marines, with a chest full of medals. to al green, as sung by jennifer hudson. i'm duty-bound to inform you that the first lady's gown is by jason wu, and her shoes are by jimmy choo. i know i sound ridiculous saying that, but you know you wanted to hear it. this ball is specifically for members of the united states military and their families. it is a tradition that was started under president george w. bush. they have expand it this year to be larger than it has ever been. it's essentially doubled in size. there are two official inaugural balls, two only in washington tonight. one of them is the commander in chief ball. and the other of them is the other official inaugural ball. thanks for being with us on what is kind of a big day in washington. you know the basics of what happened today. church service at st. john's house near the white house. the president goes from the white house then to the capitol, then he is sworn in at the capitol on the west front. and that is the s
political situation. this week mr. obama unveiled sweeping new measures to reduce gun violence. cbs polls told 92% favored universe aal background checks. >>> the colorado movie theater that was the scene of a mass shooting in july opens to the public today. yesterday a sploen was held for the victims along with a private screening for survivors. for some it was a step toward healing but others didn't see it that way. teresa garcia reports now from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: police and moviegoers gathered once again but this time it was for healing. six months after the mass shooting that left 12 dead the theater reopened to survivors, victims' families, and first responders. >> we are a community of survivors, and we are a community that is united in our recovery. >> reporter: the gathering in the newly remodeled theater number 9 drew mixed responses from survivors and victims' families. >> dave lost his 18-year-old nephew. he said entering the theater was just too much for him. >> i try to think about what we have, not at what we lost. >> reporter: jan son young's boyfriend died dod
video attacking the president because his children have armed security at school. >> mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. but he is just another elitist hipocrite. >> this comes on a day that new york passed the toughest gun control law in the nation intended to stop mentally ill patients from buying weapons. >> we must stop the madness. >> that was andrew cuomo. they are facing tough opposition from lawmakers. they say mr. obama is looking at 19 steps he could take using only executive orders. dan? >> thank you. marin county's gun buy back program has taken hundreds of guns out of north bay homes. authorities offered up to $200 in cash. the program was so popular it ran out of money in just an hour. that's $43,000. officers collected827 guns which included a sawed off shotgun. facebook is even more personal with a launch today of a search engine that is taylor made for you. graft search works off a database from people voluntarily sharing their likes and dislikes. it is different from sites because it allows you to instantly survey the places and things they li
. >> mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. but he is just another elitist hipocrite. >> this comes on a day that new york passed the toughest gun control law in the nation intended to stop mentally ill patients from buying weapons. >> we must stop the madness. >> that was andrew cuomo. they are facing tough opposition from lawmakers. they say mr. obama is looking at 19 steps he could take using only executive orders. dan? >> thank you. marin county's gun buy back program has taken hundreds of guns out of north bay homes. authorities offered up to $200 in cash. the program was so popular it ran out of money in just an hour. that's $43,000. officers collected827 guns which included a sawed off shotgun. facebook is even more personal with a launch today of a search engine that is taylor made for you. graft search works off a database from people voluntarily sharing their likes and dislikes. it is different from sites because it allows you to instantly survey the places andke. the new feature might lure back the 1.4 million people nationwide who closed their facebook acc
by imposing his policies via executive fiat. mr. obama pleaded with americans to confront congress directly. >> ask them what's more important. doing whatever it takes to get a "a" grade from the gun lobby or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade. >> reporter: he even show cased children who have written him since newtown. >> she said, "i know that laws have to be passed by congress, but i beg you to try very hard." [ light laughter ] julie, i will try very hard. >> reporter: chuck todd, nbc news, the white house. >>> this is john yang in chicago where residents deal with gun violence virtually every day. last year, there were more than 510 murders, more than the number of u.s. troops killed in afghanistan. 86% of the homicides involved a gun. in one chicago interview, nothing president obama did would change that. >> i believe chicago already has very strict gun laws and we have, like, one of the highest crime rates in the country. so how is this going to solve anything? >> reporter: the national gun debate was reignited last month by adam lanza's
said the president and mrs. obama dined with friends last night at an italian restaurant at washington's upscale georgetown neighborhood. earlier in the day, the first lady debuted her hairdo featuring new bangs in a twitter pic she featured online. we'll see if the new do is there for inauguration day. very cute. >> in fact preparations for the parties and the president's big day is well under way. nbc's tracie potts has details. hi. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it's a lot of work. i want to show you some animation that gives you a virtual look at what people will see and what you're seeing if you're not here televised on monday when president obama for the second time this year takes the oath of office. remember he does the first official and private one at the white house on sunday, then the big event here on monday. all of this being built up at the capitol, the president will give his speech there which analysts say should not be partisan, he should stick to the middle of the road. . from the capitol to the parade route the process of securing all that, they got 100 workstations
and first lady stole the spotlight. mrs. obama, stunning in a ruby gown by jason wu. the couple serenaded by jennifer hudson. the inaugural balls capped off a day of pomp, featuring plenty of music. ♪ and the home of the brave >> reporter: a parade. and a public swearing-in at the capitol. now, it's back to work for mr. obama, who in his inaugural address, said he would push an aggressive agenda. the president spoke directly to the goals of the more diverse and more social coalition that re-elected him. for the first time in an inaugural speech, explicitly mentioning gay rights. >> if we are truly created equal, the love we give one another must be equal, as well. >> reporter: he spoke about climate change, equal pay for women and immigration reform. >> our journey is not complete until we find a way to welcome the thriving, hopeful immigrants who see america as a land of opportunity. >> reporter: the president paused during many of the day's special moments, seeming to take it all in, knowing this would be his last inauguration. some republicans thought president obama's speech was too
mr. obama be sworn in as the nation's first african-american president. >> hopefully i can get up close and personal with michelle and barack. i know that won't happen, but i'm looking forward to seeing them and congratulating them. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands are expected to subway to the mall for the inauguration. metro will provide 17 consecutive hours of rush hour service, from 4:00 in the morning until 9:00 at night. and they're charging peak rates. >> it's different for me, because i haven't rode them before, but i love it. it's very exciting. >> reporter: metro has sold all of its 100,000 commemorative smart trip cards. there was a rush today to buy the final few. >> i've been to about two different metro stations before getting here and i got them. >> reporter: again, metro is opening its doors at 4:00 in the morning. you are urged to have your smart trip card ready, loaded with money. that way you don't have to wait in line. you can go ahead and get into the subways. they're expected to be packed tomorrow. again, expected to have huge crowds here. many streets are
birthday. the white house said the president and mrs. obama dined with friends last night at an italian restaurant at washington's upscale georgetown neighborhood. earlier in the day, the first lady debuted her hairdo featuring new bangs in a twitter pic she featured online. we'll see if the new do is there for inauguration day. >>> in fact, details about the president's big party are well under way. nbc's tracie potts has details. hi. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it takes a lot to get this inauguration done in washington even though we're expecting half as many people. the kraut somewhere between 6 and 800,000. a lot of money and d.c. officials coming into the city, but hotels and restaurants not as full as we saw before. the national mall being transformed into america's stage. that staging is up. they're securing that zone. the parade route. the viewing stand at the white house is up as well. the secret service said they've got 100 workstations, nearly 100, throughout the city, with 42 different agencies involved in security. and they are promising better crowd management this time
that strategy will lead democrats to agree to deep spending cuts. officials close to the president say mr. obama is open to more cuts but insists he won't slash entitlements like medicare. >> ultimately we have to do it in a balanced way. he's not going to do this on the backs of the poorest americans. >> reporter: the looming fiscal fights could overshadow the president's larger policy goals like promoting gun safety in the wake of the newtown tragedy. this past week president obama had a pack. today thousands rallied in cities across the country to mark gun appreciation day. >> we need to enforce the laws we have. >> reporter: immigration reform is also high on the president's list. analysts say in order to get his agenda through, mr. obama will have to act quickly. >> but i think most experts in washington believe that realistically, if the president wants to accomplish big things in his second term he's got about two years to do it. >> reporter: kristen welker, nbc news, the white house. >>> for now i'm joined by david gregory, mott raider of "meet the press." the honeymoon doesn't happen in
of presidents in their second terms have focused heavily on foreign policy. and now that mr. obama has begun the job of replacing his outgoing secretaries of state and defense and the director of the cia, he'll have some new faces to work with on his foreign policy team. joe johns, cnn, washington. >> and next hour, we take a closer look at the issues that will likely define president obama's second term. >>> randi, what's coming up next? >> we have a whole lot still ahead, victor. she set fashion trends four years ago when president obama was sworn into office, so what will michelle obama wear to this weekend's inaugural events? we'll have a look at the first lady's fashion, coming up. >>> i think that there's no more higher purpose right now than to take care of folks, put themselves in harm's way, protect our freedoms. >> more than half a million folks have done more than one tour. that's a tremendous emotional and physical burden we've put on our folks that's totally unprecedented. >> we're acknowledging that people are always going to have some effect. we just want them to be able to be
into a nonprofit group that will set its sight on key policy issues like gun control. this week mr. obama unveiled sweeping new measures to reduce gun violence. in a just released cbs/"new york times" poll 92% of americans favored universal background checks for gun buyers while 54% favored stricter gun laws. >>> the colorado movie theater that was the scene of a mass shooting in july opens to the public today. yesterday a ceremony was held for the victims along with a private screening for survivors. for some it was a step toward healing, but others didn't see it that way. teresa garcia reports now from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: police and moviegoers gathered once again at the aurora colorado theater, but this time it was in healing. six months after the horror of the mass shooting that left 12 dead, the theater reopened for survivors, victims' families, and first responders. >> we are a community of survivors, and we are a community that is united in our recovery. >> reporter: the gathering in the newly remodeled theater number 9 drew mixed responses from
and mr. obama dancing today and i approved. i thought they looked great today. >> it was so much fun to watch and neat to follow the anticipation on what she'd be wearing. i want to go back to an earlier point. today the theme was can't we all just get along, togetherness. do you think that was enough to help washington keep the peace today or the folks will be at each other's throats essentially again tomorrow? >> reporter: they certainly have been at each other's throats quite a bit. when we're talking about some of these serious issues, it's hard to imagine there will be a sudden break-through based solely on a speech coming from mr. obama, although he certainly made his case today. i spoke to nancy pelosi earlier in the weekend and she said the no. 1 factor to break gridlock in washington is going to come from the constituents of congressmen and women. that may really what about makes the difference as opposed to anything that mr. obama had to say today, but i guess we'll see. >>> if you remember nothing else tonight, remember this. we are y
to d.c. for the inauguration. they led the pledge of allegiance and mrs. obama pulled up a live feed to their parents in italy. maurine. >> lauren, thank you for that wonderful story. you know this whirlwind weekend began with the national day of service. president obama wants americans to take time out to volunteer, to give back. mr. obama and the first lady spent the morning visiting burrville elementary school. they helped by building a book shelf and talking to volunteers at the school. turner elementary school was one of six public schools that got to be a part of the day of service. they helped collect and distribute books with the help of chancellor, kia henderson and john legend. 2,000 of the students and five other schools will get those books. >>> the national day of service was instituted by president obama in 2009. the weekend of his first inauguration. his administration continued the day every year since and today, as they try to expand the day. a crowd of workers gathered on the national mall. fox 5's john hanrahan was there. >> reporter: yolanda adams made her pitch
put our shoulders to the wheel of history it moves. it moves. >> reporter: tomorrow mr. obama will be sworn in during a public ceremony. he'll give his inaugural speech then take part in a parade and series of inaugural parties and balls. here's a live look at the white house tonight. tori campbell has more on how mr. obama won a spot in history. >> that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> reporter: the president is officially in his second term now. he was sworn in in the blue room of the white house with chief justice john roberts doing the honor. and you can bet that chief roberts said the words carefully. four years ago he said the oath wrong. so president obama is the first to have been sworn four times. this morning, joe biden was sworn in by sotomayor. then there was the wreath laying ceremony. and the first couple also attended the episcopal church for martin luther king celebration. >> reporter: when a president and vice president are sworn in it's only for a four year term so if they're reelected they needed to be sworn in for a
and this talk of collectivism, it means that government is becoming the great equalizer. mr. obama seems to want equality of result and i think he's all wrong. let's talk about this. let's bring in art laffer and andrew codd. >> art, he didn't even hardly mention the economy. but you are an economist, how did you read this speech and what does it mean? >> it was terrible. i love the stories, i left california years ago and i hope that phil does. you can't have equal results unless everyone is equal at zero. if you tax everyone at 100%, and you subsy died ev ssidize up to income everyone will have equal results and they will be at zero. incentives matter a lot and the president has gone beyond what he should do and i don't think it will work. was this a campaign speech and a continuation and a clearer statement of his ultraliberal philosophy? >> i think it was worse. it ignored the reality of america. he didn't talk about the problems that people have to get back on their feet and get the economy moving again. he never mentioned taking risks and said he wanted to protect us from risks and i don't
? >> reporter: hi there, wolf. i am across from the church where president obama and mrs. obama are inside sitting, not in the traditional president's pew, but in the first row, as is the vice president and his family, and i want to show you, if this bus will move behind me, you can see over here the presidential limousine, the beast. once this service is over and we are told that it will be short and sweet, the beast is standing ready to whisk president obama and mrs. obama off to the capitol. >> brianna, thank you. let's go to jessica yellin. jessica, i understand you're learning some details about what the president will say. >> reporter: one insider insisted to me, wolf, that there is no challenge to be met today, no political test, but president obama considers this speech deeply meaningful, an important opportunity, a chance to reset the political conversation, and aides concede to me, it's no easy task. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> reporter: a second inaugural, a second chance for president barack obama. he used his first address to issue a grim warning about th
lady will wear. >> it will be awesome. >> what about sasha and maliyah? >> yeah. >> mrs. obama told military families that even though the wars in afghanistan and iraq are ending, support for those families is not. >>> and it is the 57th presidential inauguration in our nation's history. so how will this year sers money compare with those in the past? joining me notice for history is american university professor dr. alan lichtman. good morning. >> my pleasure to be here. >> i was looking through this report. all these facts and firsts and presidents. >> yeah. >> lofts bullet points here. i'm wondering what you think the bullet points will be after this year. >> well, i think the bullet point will be how can he top what happened four years ago? you know, 2 million people came here. he was the first african american president ever nog rated, decades ahead of time really in terms of what experts thought was likely. so he's got to rise to the occasion and deliver a great inaugural address. >> the address, yes. >> that's the key. >> and has anyone given any peeks yet as to what it might
of folks at home saying mr. obama is throwing himself a big party while they are still struggling financially. they will address the intractable gridlock in this town. >> he will make that point very strongly that people here in washington need to see common ground. he will talk about the american people they are not engaging these debates in washington progress and change won't happen. >> aids say while we can expect more broadly on battles to come such as gun control and immigration reform this won't be the detailed policy speech we will get with the state of the union next month. >> james, i wonder if the president runs the risk of sounding too much like he has. he has given a lot of speeches. >> that is definitely a risk. some republican speech writers of white houses past have made that exact point harris saying current conditions could lead the president to repeat himself in 2009. economy remains sluggish healthcare remains too costly, et cetera. one historian interviewed the president from rolling stones magazines says mr. obama needs to revise faith in the american dream.
that a first lady looks hot. >> reporter: mrs. obama wasn't always a darling of the fashion world. she knocked our socks off wu the ivory one shoulder ball gown but in the early days of her husband's first term she was often more buttoned up, suits and separates soon gave way to sheets an those pearls. >> michelle really loves alexis jewelry. she still wears pearls. it's not just the twin set. she mixes things together an wears where vicinitiage belts. there are elements that are jackie o. but she has her own twist on everything. alexis believes mrs. obama started out wearing what she thought she should as first lady and then started taking more fashion risks as she settled into her role, bold color, patterns, pointed toe flats and even neon nail polish. her gray nail polish was a big talker. >> she wear clothes with a metallic sheen. it just reflects the light an catches her skin in a beautiful way. that's another thing that's really smart. >> reporter: mrs. obama signature style has evolved into what she likes to call lady like with a twist. the look most often includes skirts and dresses th
achieve. >> well, are they? the endurable myth about the obama presidency to which mr. obama subscribes is that he's tremendously persuasive. i don't think his advocacy of obama care and the health care bill supports that. >> it did pass. >> it did pass with chicanery and reconciliation and lots of other things, but he did not move the country which is what he's trying to do with the nra. obama's approval rating 52%, the nra's approval rating 54%. >> republicans in congress is 17%. >> since gun control came back to the top of the agenda, the nra has acquired 250,000 new members, so we're going to find out. you saw by putting up the statements by some of the democratic senators that there's a resistance in the democratic caucus because they have six seats up next time. >> all of those senators, i showed. >> in states where mr. obama got less than 42% of the votes, the republicans need to control the senate six seats. >> so how hard does he push this, cokie? >> i think he pushes parts of it. the assault weapons ban is obviously a huge problem and that's what most people are pushing back a
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